The newest version of the UK Red List has been announced and there are many of our favourite species have since joined the list. The report named, Birds of Conservation Concern 5 by some of the UK’s leading bird conservation organisations, which assesses 245 regularly occurring species.
70 of the 245 species which were assessed were deemed of a high conservation concern and therefore should make their way onto the Red List.
There are regular faces on the Red List such as Capercaillie, Bewick’s Swan and Long-tailed Duck but there are some new additions to the list. Common Swift, House Martin and Greenfinch all now feature on the Red List, this may come as a shock to some as House Martins and Greenfinch are regular garden visitors to many of our gardens but Greenfinches have crashed in population by 62% since 1993 due to an outbreak of trichomonosis.
It may come as a shock to many to see species such as Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Herring Gull, Puffin, Skylark, Starling, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare and House Sparrow all remain on the Red List. This continues to be a shock as Starlings and House Sparrows continue to be a firm garden visitor to many of our gardens but the species’ numbers continue to dwindle.